How I style a casual summer top

How I style a casual summer top

I bought this blue top from COS (US link) a few weeks ago and it has proved very useful. It has been part of my capsule travel wardrobe on two occasions. I like the way it can look casual or dressy due to the fact it is made of soft cotton jersey with a silk panel. It has an easy A-line style, great for preventing any clinging round the tummy area. It also has a longer hem at the back which I find flattering.

I was very excited when COS opened their first shop in London about ten years ago. I have always liked their pared-down aesthetic. I find their shapes modern and functional. Their styles do tend towards the voluminous and oversized; however I don’t think you necessarily need to be tall to wear their clothes. I have a friend who is petite and she is a great Cos fan. Whenever we go shopping together she nearly always finds something that suits her.

Blue Cos top and navy trousers

I have teamed my blue top with my navy foundation trousers from Hopefashionuk. I bought them last year and find them extremely comfortable. They are excellent for travelling as they roll into a ball and do not crease. I also find that they are cool in warmer climates. You can see how I combined them as part of my travel wardrobe last July.

Blue cotton/silk top

It is good to have time to smell the roses. All photographs were taken by Laura Hines at Hampton Court Palace. Definitely worth a visit. Not far from central London and the gardens are superb.

How I style a casual summer top

My silver sandals are by Gabor from last year. Still available here.

How I style a casual summer top

I don’t think any post would be complete without me wearing one of my famous hats. I buy most of my hats in St.Tropez market.

COS currently have a sale (US link) so if you are contemplating stocking up on some timeless pieces now might be a good opportunity.


All photos were taken in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram 


  1. Mary
    22nd June 2018 / 13:56

    The top looks great on you, Josephine. Suspect it would be too loose on me but it would hide my tummy area. Don’t think you have any problems there!

    • 22nd June 2018 / 14:37

      HI Mary
      Well I don’t look too good if I wear anything that clings round the tummy or hip area that is why I tend to choose trapeze shapes now.

  2. Lisa B
    22nd June 2018 / 14:24

    That top is lovely. I’ll be checking for a similar style. I’m vertically challenged at 5’2″ so unless a top is in a petite size anything flowy looks like a tunic and dwarfs me. Finding less and less petite sizing lately.

    • 22nd June 2018 / 14:39

      Hi Lisa B
      I have a friend who is petite and she buys from Cos. She usually wears their tops with capri style trousers.

  3. 22nd June 2018 / 15:07

    Funny: I bought a very similar top at Cos in March in London. A very pretty green with 3/4 sleeves (which I always love) and the silk at the bottom. Very washable. Only problem with anything solid is the least little spot shows terribly and right away! But I do love Cos, and I am (almost) petite. Their website is a bit wonky: those stilted models don’t really help sell the clothes, in my opinion!

  4. 22nd June 2018 / 15:11

    I agree with you about the website however the products are good. I got I tiny splash on my blue top yesterday evening. I put talcum powder on immediately to absorb the oil so hope it will come out.

    • edebock
      30th June 2018 / 21:19

      I use dish soap to take grease spots out.

  5. Tatiana
    22nd June 2018 / 16:59

    I have never had anything from COS, but I saw that their sizes go only up to L. This might a problem if you’re curvy (normally using XL) or with a full bust (the size table indicates 100 cm as bust size for L). What would you say from your experience?

    • 23rd June 2018 / 14:15

      Hi Tatiana
      From my experiende COS cut very generously. My top is a small and in most brands I take a medium. If you choose one of their ovesized or swing styles I would say you will be OK with a large. I would avoid their jerseys or any clinging fabrics.

      • Mary
        23rd June 2018 / 16:21

        I am short, but I have been able to purchase some COS clothing (with the usual caveats about proportion). However, I would add that some of the upper sleeves on COS clothing are cut very meagerly. Even the salesgirl agreed it issue on some pieces when when I mentioned it. I’ve tried on things where the rest of the item would fit just fine, but the sleeves would have little to no give, so I had to pass on them.

        • 24th June 2018 / 10:07

          Hi Mary
          Thank you for joining in the conversation. I will check on the upper sleeves next time I am in COS. I have very narrow shoulders so may not affect me.

  6. cindyt44
    23rd June 2018 / 01:38

    I really like the top. It looks great on you!

  7. Amanda
    10th July 2018 / 06:33

    Looking gorgeous! This top is so cute. I am so excited to try this. Thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful article.

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